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The Practical SQL Handbook: Using SQL Variants (4th Edition)

This latest edition of the best-selling implementation guide to the Structured Query Language teaches SQL fundamentals while providing practical solutions for critical business applications. The Practical SQL Handbook, Fourth Edition now includes expanded platform SQL coverage and extensive real-world examples based on feedback from actual SQL users. The Practical SQL Handbook begins with a step-by-step introduction to SQL basics and examines the issues involved in designing SQL-based database applications. It fully explores SQL’s most popular implementations from industry leaders, Oracle, Microsoft, Sybase, and Informix. Highlights include: Detailed coverage of SQL commands for creating databases, tables, and indexes, and for adding, changing, and deleting data Using the SELECT command to retrieve specific data Handling NULL values (missing information) in a relational database Joining tables, including self joins and outer joins (ANSI and WHERE-clause syntax) Working with nested queries (subqueries) to get data from multiple tables Creating views (virtual tables) to provide customized access to data Using SQL functions A bonus CD-ROM contains a time-limited, full-feature version of the Sybase® Adaptive Server Anywhere™ software as well as the sample database, scripts, and examples included in the book. The Practical SQL Handbook is the most complete reference available for day-to-day SQL implementations. 0201703092B05222001

Paperback: 512 pages

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 4 edition (July 6, 2001)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0201703092

ISBN-13: 978-0201703092

Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches

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What makes this Fourth Edition to the Practical SQL series special is the approach to teaching SQL shared by all the editions in this series. The same statements and queries are covered by many SQL texts, but not with the same clarity or teaching philosophy.Beginning programmers are often unaware that much of programming goes according to what I like to call "programmer lore." The accumulated tradition of practices that are not written down in any book of algorithms but handed down from programmer to programmer in back rooms and online discussion groups. This largely "oral tradition" that exists within the culture of programming is essential to developing real world applications. This handed down knowledge is essential because most authors follow their own academic interests in the more theoretical while most programmers are too busy to write down daily practice. As the foreword says, the idea for this edition is to reclaim this knowledge and present it as if folk wisdom handed down from a master chef.I will not delve into the specifics of each chapter or repeat here the SQL concepts taught within, because all SQL books purport to teach the same elements. What makes this book different is the way it follows a set of principles designed to make learning easier.The explanations are clearly presented in plain language without any unexplained buzzwords or digressions into mathematical theory. With each topic, the author starts with basics then follows through with more advanced concepts in a seamless manner without condescension.The chapters concentrate on teaching how to do the things everyone needs to do, answering the frequently asked questions beginners have without cutting corners on relational principles.

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